Citing the Chinese telecom operator, the story said that China Unicom had received more than 200,000 pre-orders for the phone by early Saturday, when the phone went on sale.
The story said that more than 40,000 iPhone 4 buyers got the device on Saturday. This compares to Unicom’s 2009 iPhone launch after which the operator sold 100,000 handsets in about six weeks after its debut of the phone.
Apple declined comment on the numbers cited in the story but spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said that more phones would be available soon. She suggested that customers check back with their local store or online for availability updates.
A China Unicom representative was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Martin Golan))